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Edible Wild Plants: Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis)

Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) is a member of the honeysuckle family that grows up to thirteen feet high, with smooth, gray bark. Corky bumps cover the slender branches, and there is a spongy, white pith inside the twigs and branches. The opposite, feather-compound leaves may be over three feet long. The leaf is divided into 5-11 […]

Edible Wild Plants: Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis)

The familiar, bright-red clusters of the Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis) always attract attention and, although the berries of the more southern species, C. Canadensis, are insipid an dry, with a very large stone, the berries of the more norther C. Suecica, which bears its clusters from the axils of the small opposite leaves, are slightly tart […]

How To Make Homemade Ice Packs

Ice packs are used on injuries where swelling has occurred, because the ice packs numb the pain while bringing the swelling down. They are used for 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have the time to run to the store to purchase an ice pack, you can make one at home. Homemade ice […]

Raisins: A Survival Superfood

Raisins were invented (probably by accident) to remain fresh. The fact that they’re dehydrated, along with their sugar content, preserves them without the need for refrigeration. There aren’t many foods that contain a majority of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and fats) and the necessary micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) that are necessary for good nutrition. […]

Edible Wild Plants: Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris)

Shepherd’s purse (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) is a lover of waste grounds, roadsides and old fields. It bears flat, heart-shaped seed pods and is similar to peppergrasses. The basal leaves are dandelionlike, while the stem leaves are clasping. It produces white flowers that are found on spikelike clusters. The vigorously growing new foliage is sometimes cooked like […]

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Carrot (Daucus Carota)

Wild carrots, also called Queen Anne’s Lace, is Daucus Carota, which you may recognize is the exact species of cultivated carrot. They are exactly the same plant, differentiated only in the subspecies. By the time the carrots are wild, they are white rather than orange and are much smaller (though the greens are still full […]

Android Phone Apps For the Outdoors

In this day and age of technological advancement, we recognize that while certain situations can occur where your smartphone battery dies or you drop it and gets destroyed, it is best to have a few quality apps on your phone in case you need them during your outings! Below are just a few quality apps […]

Edible Wild Plants: Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus Tuberosus)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, and found from eastern Canada and Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used […]

Edible Wild Plants: Field Garlic / Wild Garlic (Allium Vineale)

Field Garlic (Allium Vineale) aka Wild Garlic is a tough and very rank species which infests fields, pastures and roadsides of the Atlantic states and from New York southward so often flavors the late-winter and early-spring milk with garlic oil, is apparently not valued as human food. It belongs in the excessively strong-flavored series of […]

Edible Wild Plants: Winter Cress / Yellow Rocket (Barbarea Vulgaris)

Winter Cress (Barbarea Vulgaris) also known as Yellow Rocket is one of the most commonly found winter wild edible plants. The leaves are available all year round, even in the winter, especially if the weather is mild. Winter is a tough time for foragers stuck in a northern climate zone. Leaves have fallen and are […]

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